We strongly advise that you arrive at Blenheim Palace at least 2 hours before your start time. It will take time for you to park, collect your race pack (containing your timing chip and other essential race items), walk to Transition, rack your bike, set up prior to your race and to familiarise yourself with the course.
Blenheim Palace is situated in the picturesque and historic town of Woodstock, 8 miles north-west of Oxford on the A44 Evesham Road and approximately a one-hour drive from the outskirts of both London and Birmingham.
Approaching Oxford on the M40, exit at junction 9 and follow signs to Blenheim. From other directions, take the A44 exit from the Oxford by-pass.
There are car-parking facilities for cars and coaches. Car parking is free for competitors, although it is important to pre-book any spectator access tickets for your supporters via the Blenheim Palace website before midnight on the day before the race.
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The nearest British Rail mainline station is New Oxford Parkway. The S3 bus runs from Oxford to Woodstock at approximately 30-minute intervals. Plan your journey here.
STEP – BY – STEP PROCEDURE
- Once you have arrived, with your wristband and bike and race numbers correctly attached, go to the Chip Collection marquee in the Competitor Village.
Chip collection times:
Saturday 07:45 – 14:00
Sunday 07:00 – 14:00
- In the marquee go to the chip desk applicable to your race number and show your photo ID.
- You will receive your timing chip, which will become your responsibility until you hand it back at the finish line. Due to the costs of this technology, there will be a £20 charge if you lose your timing chip once in your possession.
*NB: YOU MUST WEAR YOUR TIMING CHIP AROUND YOUR ANKLE.*
During the swim, we advise you to make sure it is positioned under your wetsuit. The timing chip is registered against your race number for the results service and will provide times for each stage of the race if used properly.
If you are competing in the TEAM RELAY, only one person from your team needs to pick up your timing chip, but the bike numbers must be correctly attached to the bike and helmet to be used by the cyclist. The timing chip acts like a relay baton, so must be given to the team’s swimmer for the race start and transferred to the ankle of the next person after each phase.
- Once you have collected your timing chip make your way to Transition, which is in the Palace Courtyard. Please have your helmet on your head ready to be checked by our officials upon entering Transition. Then rack your bike in the row relevant to your race wave – make sure you know yours! Place your bike, helmet, and equipment at any marked position on your designated row. We will NOT provide each competitor with a numbered racking position so make sure you remember where you racked your bike. Ensure your bike and race equipment are left neatly on the marked position.
*NB: YOUR APPROVED CYCLE HELMET MUST BE ATTACHED TO YOUR BIKE WHEN YOU RACK IT.*
- Once you have racked your bike you should make your way to Swim Assembly.
Transition is a high-security area. Access will only be given to those competitors wearing security wristbands. No family (this includes children); friends or pets will be allowed into the Transition area. Once you have racked your bike and helmet, only you with your race clothing will be allowed in before, during and after your race. Your wristband must match your bike number to be able to leave after the race – DO NOT TAKE IT OFF! You should only bring into Transition what is required. Any boxes used to bring equipment into Transition must be removed. A small soft-sided bag such as a rucksack may be used and remain in Transition, though it must not impede the progress of another competitor.